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Slavers attack nearby Nyangwe

Nyangwe is a town in Maniema, on the right bank of the Lualaba in the Democratic Republic of Congo (territory of Kasongo). It was one of the main slave trading states in the region at the end of the 19th century.[1]:Vol.Two,94–97

The town was founded around 1860, and a first sultan named Dougombi established in 1868. Munia Muhara was the sultan of the town by the time of the 1892–1894 war in the Eastern Congo.

David Livingstone was the first European to visit the town in 1871. According to Livingstone's recently released original handwritten diaries,[2] on July 15, 1871, Livingstone witnessed approximately 400 Africans massacred by Arab slavers.[3] It was the last known town for people coming from the East, and Livingstone thought that the Lualaba was the high part of the Nile River. Verney Lovett Cameron visited the town in 1874. In 1877 Henry Morton Stanley followed the river downstream from Nyangwe with local reigning Tippu Tip, and as he arrived in Boma, he established that this was the Congo River. Hermann von Wissmann visited Nyangwe in 1883.


  1. ^ Stanley, H.M., 1899, Through the Dark Continent, London: G. Newnes, Vol. One ISBN 0486256677, Vol. Two ISBN 0486256685
  2. ^ Livingstone, David (2012). Livingstone's 1871 Field Diary. A Multispectral Critical Edition. UCLA Digital Library: Los Angeles, CA. Available <http://livingstone.library.ucla.edu/1871diary/>
  3. ^ See also Jeal, Tim (1973). Livingstone. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. Pp. 331–335.

Coordinates: 4°13′S 26°11′E / 4.217°S 26.183°E / -4.217; 26.183